Hyundai’s halo ef­fect

The Chronicle - - Chronicle Motoring - By Steve Hughes

HYUNDAI has added a sleek coupe-style ver­sion of its i30 fam­ily model to the line-up, which should be here by the mid­dle of next month.

The com­pany says that the new­comer will be the fi­nal ad­di­tion to the range, which al­ready in­cludes hatch­back and es­tate ver­sions.

Al­though this new so-called Fast­back ver­sion is un­likely to be the big­gest seller, its stylish looks cre­ate an as­pi­ra­tional halo ef­fect for the range as a whole.

With this week’s sales figures from the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders show­ing a dra­matic re­duc­tion in de­mand for diesels, Hyundai is of­fer­ing only petrol en­gines in this new Fast­back range.

Looks-wise, there is a low­ered roofline that ta­pers to­wards the rear spoiler, which cre­ates the il­lu­sion of mak­ing the ve­hi­cle ap­pear wider, and there are more strik­ing al­loy wheel de­signs.

At the front, the height of the sig­na­ture cas­cad­ing grille has been re­duced to give a wider stance, to em­pha­sise the bon­net. Re­designed LED day­time run­ning lights mounted in the new front bumper and head­lamps with a dark sur­round also set it apart from the other two mod­els in the range.

The i30 Fast­back is avail­able in three trim lev­els, com­pris­ing SE Nav, Pre­mium and Pre­mium SE, with spec­i­fi­ca­tions mir­ror­ing the i30 Hatch­back and Tourer mod­els.

The 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre petrol en­gines are also car­ried across from the i30 Hatch­back and Tourer, with the i30 Fast­back in­tro­duc­ing the 1.0-litre to the Pre­mium and Pre­mium SE trim lev­els for the first time.

The i30 Fast­back is priced from £20,300 for the SE Nav 120bhp 1.0-litre six-speed man­ual, which comes with in­te­grated satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and an 8in touch­screen, in­cor­po­rat­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, Blue­tooth with voice recog­ni­tion and wire­less phone charg­ing, rear park­ing as­sist and a rear-view cam­era.

Ex­ter­nally, the SE Nav has dis­tinc­tive 17in al­loy wheels, front fog lamps and halo­gen head­lamps with smart high beam func­tion.

Three en­gine and trans­mis­sion com­bi­na­tions are avail­able, com­pris­ing the 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre man­ual mod­els, plus a 1.4-litre seven-speed au­to­matic.

Priced from £22,100 the Pre­mium adds dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, elec­tronic park­ing brake with auto hold func­tion, pri­vacy glass and heated front seats with ar­ti­fi­cial leather/ cloth seat fac­ings. Driv­ers also get an elec­tri­cally ad­justable seat, a su­per­vi­sion in­stru­ment clus­ter with 4.2in dis­play, front and rear park­ing as­sist sys­tem, LED front head­lights and rear com­bi­na­tion lights.

The Pre­mium SE ver­sion costs from £23,400 and adds panoramic sun­roof, leather seat fac­ings and a heated steer­ing wheel to the Pre­mium spec­i­fi­ca­tion. The new i30 Fast­back shares the same level of safety equip­ment as the rest of the range, with lane de­par­ture warn­ing sys­tem, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tem, lane-keep as­sist, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and hill start as­sist con­trol. In ad­di­tion, blind spot de­tec­tion and rear-cross traf­fic alert are also stan­dard on Pre­mium and Pre­mium SE mod­els.

The Hyundai i30 Fast­back

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